Ted Cruz’s 76-year-old father Pastor Rafael Cruz is a force to be reckoned with on the campaign trail.
Rather than the Texas senator and Republican making a personal appearance at the 2016 Western Conservative Summit in Denver, this weekend, he sent along his Cuban-born father to campaign in his place. The elder Cruz commanded the stage with a booming presence, despite his short stature, and brought the crowd to loud cheers and constant applause.
“We are seeing today a president that operates by executive order, by fear, not much different than that bearded dictator I left in Cuba almost 60 years ago,” Cruz said.
He added, “We are fighting for the future of our children and our children’s children.” …
During the campaign cycle, many candidates have argued that the Republican nominee should have executive experience. Ted Cruz lacks such a record but his father argued that “no, America does not need a manager,” but rather a leader and a fighter to boost the country. He went on to paint a picture of a devise upcoming campaign season full of crooked candidates.
“One of the most damaging things that this so-called social justice, which is just nothing more than collectivism and comes right out of Karl Marx,” Cruz said. “What it has done is destroy the dream, we need to reawaken the American dream.”